I’m nobody’s ‘agent’: Rajkhowa on Arunachal crisis

Itanagar, Feb. 1 (ANI): In response to the Congress accusing him of being biased and working on the directions of the Centre to destabilise the state government, Arunachal Governor J.P. Rajkhowa on Sunday said that he was nobody’s ‘agent’.

“Certain misinformation is being passed on. I am nobody’s agent. I was never an agent. I do things on my own conscience and rationale… I would like to confirm that I’m not a political person as I was never a member of any political party. I have never visited any office of any political party. President’s rule is only for a temporary period, I’m only acting on behalf of the President,” Rajkhowa told the media here.

“I wish the political crisis ends as soon as possible but it has to be a stable government. The President has consulted certain eminent experts and after that he has imposed his rule in state,” he added.

However, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has murdered democracy by recommending President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

Azad, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, alleged there is a huge difference between the Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Centre had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday to justify the imposition of President’s rule. The affidavit, filed by Ministry of Home Affairs, claimed that there was complete breakdown of governance and law and order in the state.

The Centre told the apex court that Arunachal Pradesh has been witness to recurrent insurgency as well as attempts by China to claims large parts of its territory.

The Supreme Court had earlier asked the Centre to return all the personal belongings and official documents including copies of hard disks to former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and other ex-ministers after President’s Rule was imposed in the state.

“The court has directed on the request of the petitioners to the Chief Secretary and the administrator of Arunachal Pradesh to supply certain documents, personal documents and personal diaries among other items. The Supreme Court’s order will be complied with,” Arunachal Pradesh Governor’s lawyer Satyapal Jain told the media here.

The apex court also issued a notice on the fresh plea of Tuki against the imposition of President’s Rule in the state

Tuki had last Friday filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court challenging the promulgation.

The apex court has also recalled its notice issued to Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa in the case.

The Court agreed to the contention that Governor enjoys complete immunity in judicial proceedings.

“The writ petitions challenging the proclamation of the President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh came up for hearing in front of the constitutional bench today. Under Article 361 of the Constitution, no notice can be issued to either the President of India or Governor of that state for anything done by him under the discharge of his duties,” Jain added.

A five-judge bench of apex court had on Wednesday last sought replies from the Governor and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, while admitting petitions filed by the Congress leaders over the imposition of the President’s rule. (ANI)

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